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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Church groups to sleep out in Piccadilly
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¬†Campaigners from Church Action on Poverty are calling for supporters to join their sleep out in Piccadilly on Monday 19 February in support of the growing numbers of destitute asylum seekers on Manchester's streets. A Vigil will take place outside the tube station from 5pm ≠ 7pm. From 7-8pm there will be music in Piccadilly Gardens. From 9pm onwards campaigners will bed down for the evening at Piccadilly station - just as several refused asylum seekers from Darfur have been doing on a regular basis throughout the winter. A spokesman said: "Join us in highlighting to the public, politicians and the media that destitute asylum seekers have no home - and that destitution is not working as a policy. Asylum seekers whose claims are turned down are not leaving the UK ≠ they are here and they are homeless and hungry." The sleepout is timed to coincide with a similar event being organised by the Refugee Council in Parliament Square, on the eve of the publication of the latest Government asylum statistics. In 1999 the Prime Minister said: "It is a scandal that there are still people sleeping rough on our streets. This is not a situation that we can tolerate in a modern civilised society." Destitution is now being used as a tool of public policy ≠ and it is time to put an end to it. Please bring a sleeping bag/blanket, warm clothing and warm drinks! A warm welcome (and maybe even some food) will be provided To register your interest in joining the Sleepout on 19 February or for more information email info@church-poverty.org.uk or phone 0161 236 9321
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